Flour became costlier in Punjab
The work in the flour mills of Punjab has almost come to a standstill due to non-issuance of wheat tenders by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) for almost five months. It is being told that the Open Market Sale Scheme (OMSS) has not been revised by the Central Government, due to which the online tenders of FCI have been suspended. Due to this, the products made from these including flour and maida have become costlier in the market.
The price of flour has reached Rs 3,400 to Rs 3,700 per kg in the market. If this situation continues, there may be shortage of flour in the market, due to which there is a possibility of increase in black marketing. However, the Food Supplies Corporation claims that FCI has sufficient stock of wheat. The price of flour and maida has increased by Rs 15 to 20 per ten kg in the retail market, while bread of different brands has also become costlier by Rs 5.
A month before the arrival of wheat from other states, there has been a shortage of wheat in Punjab. Due to this, the prices of flour are constantly breaking records. It may be noted that wheat is supplied to the states by FCI, but this time it has been delayed due to non-floating of tenders. According to information, the price of flour has increased by more than Rs 300 per quintal in two days. While the price of flour was ruling around Rs 3,400 per quintal a week ago, now its price has been recorded in the range of Rs 3,700 to 3,800 per quintal. Punjab’s flour mill operators Sunil Kumar, Harveer Singh and Jaswinder Singh told that the work in the mill has almost come to a standstill due to non-availability of sufficient stock of wheat for about five months. This has started affecting inflation.
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Here the price of flour (per 10 kg) has increased by Rs.
City Flour Earlier (Branded) Now (Average)
Ludhiana 320 350
Chandigarh 300 350
Panchkula 340 360
Mohali 340 390